In a truly baffling turn of events, Paramount TV and Anonymous Content have partnered to create a TV series based on EA's wildly-successful first-person-shooter franchise, Battlefield.
The report originates from Deadline, who point out how many players the franchise has (60 million) before going on to share the following quotes, one from Paramount TV's Amy Powell, and the other from Anonymous Content's Michael Sugar.
“Paramount TV actively seeks smart content from all sectors that will resonate with audiences and translate to compelling programming.
EA’s Battlefield has an incredibly dynamic narrative, coupled with a loyal fan base, which will allow us to bring this exciting and unique property to the small screen.
Speaking of Sugar, he says the following:
“Battlefield has a tremendous built-in, engaged fan base, making it a highly coveted piece of IP primed for long-form adaptation. Together with EA and Paramount TV, we’ll develop the Battlefield TV series with the same commitment to robust storytelling that has made the game such a runaway success for nearly fifteen years.”
And here's what any level-headed Battlfield fan would probably tell you:
I don't play Battlefield for its 'robust storytelling'.
Battlefield, with a few notable exceptions (read: the Bad Company entries), has never been heavy on story. Each installment includes a single-player campaign, but the vast majority of players engage this franchise for its multiplayer mode, which has long rivaled Infinity Ward's Call Of Duty series for supremacy in the world of FPS war games. They are gorgeous, meticulously-designed shooters, always impressive on a technical level.
But stuff like storytelling, characters, and compelling drama? These are elements the Battlefield franchise has historically treated as afterthoughts, so it'll be interesting to see what they do with this franchise after porting it over to a medium where those things are vitally important (it'll also be interesting to see which war the Battlefield TV series revolves around).
I'm skeptical. What do you guys think?